Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz joined the “People’s Convoy” of truckers at Hagerstown Speedway on Thursday morning and joined to ride in the passenger’s seat of the lead truck as the protest began its fourth day.
“Thank you to every trucker who is standing up for freedom for every man, woman, and child in America!” Cruz posted alongside a video of him riding in the truck leading the convoy.
Cruz also addressed the truck drivers at the speedway prior to the start of the convoy.
“God bless The People’s Convoy!” the senator tweeted in an earlier post.
“The convoy is not [going into D.C.],” driver Brian Brase said from inside the lead truck, according to The Washington Post. “The convoy’s going to continue its normal operation.”
The trucks have been driving in circles around the Capital Beltway to protest COVID-19 mandates and other restrictions to American freedom.
Protesters and supporters joined in the excitement as Cruz not only spoke to the convoy but then joined by climbing into the passenger seat of the lead vehicle.
“Your voice is being heard,” Cruz told the crowd during his speech, according to the Post. “What the men and women want here is for the government to leave you the hell alone … That is the most American sentiment you could imagine.”
The move comes just two days after Cruz and fellow GOP Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin sat down to talk with the convoy’s leaders on Tuesday.
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